Lament. In memory of Tadeusz Różewicz

Polish Dance Theatre – Poznań Ballet  

Music: Krzysztof Wiki-Nowikow
Dramaturgical adaptation of the text: Jagoda Ignaczak
Literary consultant: Maria Dębicz
Premiere: 28 and 29 November 2015, Poznań
Organiser: Office of the Marshal of the Wielkopolskie Province 
Supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland), ZAiKS Authors’ Association 
Co-produced by the Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław as part of the project wtw://strefy_kontaktu 2016

‘Lament’ is understood here in many ways. It is a multi-faceted issue, relating both to personal matters and to one’s mental and emotional state that affects the artist in their relationship with the piece and its evaluation. Thus, it is also an individual dialogue of each of the show’s authors with Różewicz’s ‘wound’. The authors want to infiltrate the transgressive world formed between the space of the trauma and the space of the artistic piece. The piece has a therapeutic and expiative nature. The essence of the intimate confession contained in literary works included in Różewicz’s volume has inspired the show’s authors to work with selected plots and motives. In a creative manner the authors adapt the literary piece to the genre structure of a dance theatre. By balancing the importance of words and movements, by building a dramaturgical structure using a semantic sign and a body sign, the authors of the show think about the dichotomy of the world and the dichotomy of art.

The formal structure of the show includes two time dimensions accommodating the characters and the relationships between them. Simultaneously, these spaces build a poetic and realistic world, adequately reflecting the language of theatre used by Tadeusz Różewicz in his works. In the project, the role of the visual, musical and multimedia layer is also very important. These layers will not be mere ornaments, but will be full of meaning.


Choreography and directing: Ewa Wycichowska
Directing and main acting part: Janusz Stolarski 
Video: Daniel Stryjecki 
Set design: Bohdan Cieślak 
Costumes: Anna Czyż 
Assistant to the costume designer, hair and headwear designer: Adriana Cygankiewicz


Andrzej Adamczak, Agata Ambrozińska-Rachuta, Urszula Bernat-Jałocha, Adriana Cygankiewicz, Fabian Fejdasz, Agnieszka Fertała, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Kornelia Lech, Teresa Manjua, Paweł Malicki, Marcin Motyl, Adrian Radwański, Bartłomiej Raźnikiewicz, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong, Anna Gruszka (guest appearance)


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